JBSP Online: Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire on Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and Utopia in Plato

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Now online, a new article by Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire (University of Chicago) for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.

Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire – ‘Gadamer’s Hermeneutics and the Concept of Genre: The Case of the Utopian Genre in Plato’: JBSP (Originally published online: 2 January 2022).

Abstract: This paper addresses the question of the function of genre in Gadamer’s hermeneutics by examining his treatment of Plato’s political writings in the context of the “utopian genre.” I argue that Gadamer’s reading of Plato informs us on the hermeneutics of genre, which is otherwise undiscussed in Truth and Method. First, I reconstruct the utopian genre as Gadamer treats it in a 1983 lecture hitherto neglected. Second, I expand Gadamer’s “logic of question and answer” by drawing on the notion of genre as articulated by E.D. Hirsch and show that attention to genre is not only compatible with Gadamerian hermeneutics, but also productive. Finally, I demonstrate that an application of this concept of genre to the case of Plato’s political philosophy reveals a problem in Gadamer’s interpretation, namely a certain confusion between dialogue and utopia, and propose two ways of explaining this confusion and thus of resolving the aporia.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2021.2021375

Antoine Pageau-St-Hilaire, University of Chicago, Québec, Canada

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